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Report a stray dog

We run a lost and found dog service which handles the recovery and kennelling of stray dogs found within the Horsham District boundary. Horsham District Council does not have a dog warden.

We work with Hammerpond Kennels to provide a place to which a stray dog can be taken, and run a collection service during office hours where a report of a stray dog is made to the council provided the dog is contained.

If a stray dog has an identity chip or tag, attempts will be made to return the dog to its home. If a stray dog has no identity chip or tag, it will be seized, kennelled and the owner has to pay the release fee before the dog is returned.

If you find a stray dog, please report it to us so we can help:

  • During office hours Monday to Friday: Call our office on 01403 215641 to arrange collection or take to Hammerpond Kennels, Hammerpond Road, Plummers Plain, Horsham RH13 6PE Telephone: 01403 551130.
  • Week day out of office hours: We do not have a collection service out of office hours.  Stray dogs can be taken to Seers Croft Vets, Tower Road, Faygate RH12 4SD telephone: 01293 851122 or you can keep the dog overnight and ring our office first thing the next day for collection or take to Hammerpond Kennels.
  • Weekend: Again we do not operate a collection service but strays can be taken to Hammerpond Kennels.   Kennel  opening times:  09:00 to 11:30 and 15:00 to 17:30. Alternatively, they can be taken to Seers Croft Vets, Tower Road, Faygate RH12 4SD telephone: 01293 851122.

    You will be asked to provide the following information:
  • Your name and contact details
  • A description of the dog, for example its type, colour, size, age
  • The time and date when you found the dog
  • Where you found the dog
  • Where the dog should be collected from

What to do if you have lost your dog

If you have lost your dog, please report it to Horsham District Council:

Claiming back a stray dog

Once a dog has been impounded as a stray at the kennels used by the Council, by law an owner has to pay the release fee before the dog is returned. Once you have identified your dog, payment can then be made at the Council offices or at the kennels. On payment of the fee, the dog will then be released to you.

Fee charges for stray dogs

Number of days Fee for one dog Fee for each additional dog
1 £102 £62
2 £118 £78
3 £134 £94
4 £150 £110
5 £166 £120
6 £182 £142
7 £198 £158
If a dog is unclaimed after seven clear days it is re-homed having first been micro-chipped and the dog is no longer the responsibility of the Council.